H. 3047 Dead for 2009?

May 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

Nikki Haley, SC House District 87

Nikki Haley, SC House District 87

Doing my morning read of the various blogs, I stumbled upon an interesting statement at Nathan’s News.

This past Friday was the “crossover” deadline (May 1st) which means that any bill that had not yet passed one chamber (House or Senate) will now need a 2/3 vote from the other chamber (instead of usual majority vote) to become law.

It appears that despite Haley’s valiant efforts, our 12 tax pledge violators on the House Ways & Means Committee along with possible outside influence from other members in the house have been able to stall the Spending Accountability Act of 2009.

In my humble opinion, I do not believe 62% of the Senators (need 19) that voted in favor of H. 3560 (General Appropriations Bill which cuts funding for education) will cross over and vote for  H. 3047.  According to the crossover deadline, you would need approximately 31 Senators to vote in favor of  H. 3047 to make the bill law this year.  Understand that this math is making the assumption that the 12 who voted against the appropriations bill will support  H. 3047.

Thankfully for the people of SC, the rule will still be in place in 2010 that calls for roll call voting, but without this bill, you could be up the creek in 2011.

Call your senators and representatives and encourage them to sign on and urge their colleagues to push  H. 3047 through this year before the end of the session.

And don’t forget to let Haley know you appreciate your efforts!

Roll Call Voting Needs Your Help!

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The leader in the roll call voting battle, Nikki Haley, needs your help.  Her bill, H. 3047 (Spending Accountability Act of 2009) made it out of subcommittee today and was supposed to be read to the full Ways and Means Committee, but continues to be delayed.

The rumors mills are afloat that this is a tactic to keep the bill from coming to a vote.  Some say the House is scared of the transparency and there is even a rumor that an amendment has been proposed that Haley is being blocked from seeing.

So what’s the big deal with another transparency bill?

The resolution passed in January was a simple rules change that got roll call voting on the books for the session ending in 2010.  In 2011, new rules could be introduced and roll call voting could disappear.

H. 3047 actually makes roll call voting the law.

Read the Spending Accountability Act of 2009 (H. 3047) and contact the Ways and Means Committee and demand a yes vote for roll call voting!

By the way, do you realize that 14 of 25 ways and means members signed the No New Tax Pledge and 12 of them have already violated their no new tax pledge!  Thanks to roll call voting, we know who they are.  Coincidence?

Dan Cooper (Chairman) Annette Young (1st V.C.) Rex Rice (2nd V.C.)
Lanny Littlejohn (3rd V.C.) Herb Kirsh (Secy./Treas.) Liston Barfield
Jim Battle Kenny Bingham Bill Clyburn
Gilda Cobb-Hunter Tracy Edge Bill Herbkersman
Ken Kennedy Chip Limehouse III Dwight Loftis
Jay Lucas James Merrill Joe Neal
Denny Neilson Harry Ott Jr. Michael Pitts
Gary Simrill Murrell Smith Jr. J. Roland Smith
Brian White